June 4, 2020

Ballard Spahr LLP


Responsiveness counts. That's what clients tell us, and that's what we're known for. It shows in everything we do: devising forward-thinking solutions to get the best results, respecting and meeting clients' service needs, anticipating the impact of national events and legal developments on clients' interests, and taking action to keep clients agile and informed.

With more than 500 attorneys in 13 offices, we can respond wherever and whenever our clients need us. We provide results-driven counsel and exceptional service in Litigation, Business and Finance, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, and Public Finance.

Diversity + Inclusion at Ballard Spahr

Our clients are best served by innovative solutions that spring from varied viewpoints and perspectives. Ballard Spahr is committed to creating a vibrant community where the needs, perspectives, and contributions of people from all backgrounds are valued and integrated into all aspects of the firm. In addition to making us a stronger firm, a diverse and inclusive community is valuable to our clients because varied perspectives drive insightful counsel.

We believe diversity is the natural result of an inclusive environment. Our goal is to improve employee recruitment and retention among underrepresented groups and ensure full access to opportunity for all individuals to the benefit of our clients, the legal profession, and our communities. That’s more than just a good business strategy—it is the right thing to do.

Contributing authors from Ballard Spahr LLP:

Chad Bowman Lawyer Partner Ballard Spahr DC
Partner
Chad R. Bowman's practice as a counselor and litigator focuses on working with new and legacy media organizations, as well as other nonprofit and for-profit entities engaged in public...
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Jay Ward Brown, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Washington DC, Media and Litigation Law Attorney
Partner
Jay Ward Brown has been representing news and entertainment companies for more than two decades. He has litigated libel, privacy, copyright, subpoena, and access matters in the U.S. Supreme...
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Dennis Burke, Ballard Spahr, litigation lawyer
Of Counsel
Dennis K. Burke focuses his practice on white collar crime, internal investigations, commercial litigation, and government relations. Mr. Burke served as U.S. Attorney for the District of...
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Thomas Burke Associate
Associate
Thomas F. Burke focuses his practice on internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement defense. Tom joined the firm in 2015 after federal district and appellate...
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Patrick Compton Financial Litigator
Partner
Patrick Compton is a trial attorney with a practice focused on complex banking, real estate, and environmental litigation matters. He represents financial institutions, private lenders,...
Desmond Connall, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Washington DC and Baltimore, Real Estate Law Attorney
Partner
Desmond D. Connall, Jr. is a partner in Ballard's Washington, D.C. and Baltimore offices, and heads the Leasing Team in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. He concentrates his practice...
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Elisabeth R. Connell, Litigation attorney, Ballard Spahr
Associate
Elisabeth R. Connell represents clients in commercial litigation matters, including lead-based paint claims, labor and employment law issues, and insurance coverage and defense. Judicial...
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To keep you informed of the latest developments in the rapidly evolving regulation of consumer financial services, we have expanded the scope of our award-winning CFPB Monitor blog. Our new...
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Jason Cover, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Finance Law Attorney
Associate
Jason M. Cover is an associate in the Business and Finance Department and a member of the Consumer Financial Services Group. As part of his practice, he provides counsel with respect to...
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Peter Cubita, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Financial services attorney
Of Counsel
Peter N. Cubita is one of the leading consumer financial services attorneys in the country, having practiced in the area for more than 30 years. His experience is wide-ranging, encompassing...
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Culhane, Ballard, Partner
Partner
John L. Culhane, Jr., is known for his work advising on interstate direct and indirect consumer and residential mortgage loan and leasing programs, through both traditional brick-and-mortar...
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Partner
Kevin R. Cunningham focuses on health care and higher education finance, student loan revenue bonds, transportation (bridge toll revenue bonds and passenger rail), and traditional municipal...
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Tanya M. Curcio Of Counsel Ballard Spahr Law Firm
Of Counsel
Tanya M. Curcio advises clients on matters involving trademark and copyright acquisition, prosecution, use, licensing, and enforcement. She develops global strategies for registration and...
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Bill Curran, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Las Vegas, Real Estate Attorney
Senior Counsel
Bill Curran concentrates on administrative and government law, particularly in the areas of real estate development, land use/zoning, and gaming law. He has built a strong gaming practice...
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Fred G. DeRitis, Ballard Spahr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, litigation, litigation lawyer, FTC, privacy, data security
Associate
Fred G. DeRitis is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. While interning at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Mr. DeRitis authored a number of reports for merger...
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Michael DiGiacomo, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Phoenix, Bankruptcy and Litigation Law Attorney
Associate
Michael A. DiGiacomo focuses his practice on commercial litigation and corporate restructuring. Michael represents diverse clients, including REIT's, secured lenders, commercial landlords,...
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Andrew N. D’Aversa, attorney, Ballard Spahr Law FIrm, Philidelphia
Associate
Andrew N. D’Aversa is a litigation associate in the Philidelphia, Pennsylvania office of Ballard Spahr Law Firm.
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Dana R. Green Media Attorney Ballard Spahr Law FIrm
Associate
Dana R. Green represents media clients in a wide range of content-related matters. Dana also has experience with international litigation and arbitration. She began her legal career as the...
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Michael G. Greenfield Associate Ballard Spahr Philadelphia Litigation, Labor and Employment
Associate
Michael G. Greenfield is an associate in the firm's Litigation Department who focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. He represents employers before federal, state, and local...
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Michael Greenfield, employment litigation lawyer, Ballard
Attorney
Michael G. Greenfield is an associate in the firm's Litigation Department who focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. He represents employers before federal, state, and local...
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Elliot I. Griffin, Ballard Spahr, Litigation lawyer
Associate
Elliot Imani Griffin is an associate in the Litigation Department who focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. During law school, Elliot interned with Exelon Corporation, a...
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Terence Grugan, Attorney, Ballard
Attorney
Terence M. Grugan is an associate in the firm's White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. In his white collar practice, Terence represents...
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Gerald Guarcini, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Corporate and Finance Law Attorney
Partner
Gerald J. Guarcini is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Securities Group. His experience encompasses general corporate and securities law, covering business acquisitions and mergers,...
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Teri Guarnaccia, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Baltimore, Finance Law Attorney
Partner
Teri M. Guarnaccia is known for her work on real estate finance transactions, including representation of large institutional lenders. She has a particular focus on the public finance area...
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Michael Guerrero, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Los Angeles, Finance Law Attorney
Associate
Michael R. Guerrero’s practice is focused on helping clients navigate the requirements of highly regulated, consumer-focused industries including consumer financial services, telemarketing...
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Gretchen Gurstelle, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Minneapolis, Corporate Law Litigation Attorney
Associate
Gretchen Gurstelle is a skilled advocate and litigator with experience trying cases to juries and judges in federal and state court. Gretchen guides clients through all stages of federal...
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Partner
Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group. Hank's practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and...
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Matthew Howard, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Atlanta, Finance Litigation Attorney
Associate
Matthew Howard represents and advises bank and nonbank lenders and other financial institutions on a variety of federal and state matters, including litigation and enforcement actions...
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Alice Huang, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Corporate and Healthcare Law Attorney
Associate
Alice Huang is a transactional attorney who counsels publicly-traded and privately-held companies on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, securities matters, corporate...
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Brian Huben, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Los Angeles, Bankruptcy Law Attorney
Partner
Brian D. Huben focuses his practice on the representation of commercial landlords and shopping center owners, managers, and developers, representing them in commercial litigation in state...
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Tara Humma Litigation Attorney
Associate
Tara L. Humma is an associate in the Litigation Department who focuses on labor and employment matters. Tara defends clients in all phases of employment litigation, from initial pleadings,...
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Courtney Hunter, Ballard Spahr, Real estate lawyer
Associate
Courtney E. Hunter handles a wide range of complex affordable housing development and real estate transactions involving low income housing tax credits, private financing, bond financing,...
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G'Nece Jones Employment Benefits Lawyer Ballard Spahr Law Firm
Associate
G'Nece Jones focuses her practice on employee benefit and executive compensation matters. Prior to joining the firm, G'Nece worked as a benefits advisor for the Department of Labor's...
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Denise Keyser Employment Law Attorney Ballard Spahr
Partner
Denise M. Keyser has more than 30 years of experience representing national, regional, and locally based businesses in labor and employment matters, including traditional labor law (such as...
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James Kim, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Los Angeles, Financial Law Litigation Attorney
Of Counsel
Mr. Kim advises companies and individuals in matters involving financial regulation and litigation, and the myriad of federal consumer financial laws, such as Title X of Dodd-Frank (UDAAP...
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Kelley Kindig, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Of Counsel
Kelly T. Kindig represents public and private employers in a broad range of employment litigation and counseling and labor matters. She helps clients develop employment policies relating to...
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Adrian King Attorney Ballard Spahr Partner Philadelphia
Partner
Adrian R. King, Jr., is Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group. Adrian focuses on general business and corporate law,...
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Ashley Kissinger, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Denver, Media Litigaton Attorney
Of Counsel
Ashley Kissinger defends content publishers in trial and appellate courts nationwide and helps them reduce their legal risk. For nearly two decades she has represented news, entertainment,...
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Heather Klein, Associate
Associate
Heather S. Klein advises institutions on federal and state consumer finance laws, including those governing fair lending, credit reporting, privacy, marketing, payments, debt collection,...
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Philip B. Korb, Ballard Spahr, real estate lawyer
Partner
Philip B. Korb is well known for his work in real estate development, real estate acquisitions and financings, real estate taxation, leasing, condominium and planned community development,...
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Wendi Kotzen, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Tax Law Attorney
Partner
Wendi L. Kotzen is the Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Tax Group. She advises clients on the taxation of all types of real estate transactions, has an extensive background in...
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Evan W Krick, white collar defense, civil litigation, Delaware, lawyer, Ballard Spahr, Law Firm
Associate
Evan W. Krick focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on the banking and health care industries. 
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Joanna Kunz, Associate
Associate
Joanna Hess Kunz focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court, including experience in white collar defense, securities litigation, contract...
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Michelle McGeogh, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Baltimore, Labor and Employment, Real Estate Litigation Attorney
Of Counsel
Michelle McGeogh has extensive experience in real estate litigation on behalf of property owners, investors, and developers. Michelle is experienced in a diverse range of real estate and...
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Daniel McKenna, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Litigation Attorney
Partner
Daniel JT McKenna devotes his practice to privacy and data security, consumer financial services, and mortgage banking litigation. Mr. McKenna's privacy practice focuses on new product and...
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Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Environment, Climate Change, Sustainability, Philadelphia, Ballard Spahr Law FIrm
Senior Counsel
Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., is the Leader of Ballard Spahr's Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative. Mr. McKinstry rejoined the firm in 2007 after a six-year term as the Maurice K....
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Rene McNulty Consumer Finance Attorney
Associate
Rene McNulty is an associate in the Litigation Department and member of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group. Rene represents a wide range of companies in complex, high-risk...
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David H. Medlar Of Counsel Ballard Spahr Business and Transactions, Consumer Financial Services, Banking and Financial Services, Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency, Fintech
Of Counsel
David H. Medlar represents financial institutions, retailers, and corporations in a range of consumer financial services matters, particularly the development and implementation of co-...
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Rachel Mentz, Litigator, intellectual property, trade secrets, Ballard Spahr Law FIrm, Denver, Colorado
Associate
As an experienced trial attorney, Rachel R. Mentz works with clients to resolve complex disputes both in and out of court. Ms. Mentz draws from her prior career as a teacher to counsel...
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Dirk Michaels, Environmental Lawyer, Ballard Spahr
Partner
Dirk Michels, a partner in the Energy and Project Finance Group, is one of the leading energy technology and renewable energy attorneys in California. He represents energy technology and...
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Corinne A. Militello, Ballard Spahr, Intellectual property lawyer
Counsel
Corinne Militello advises on trademarks and copyrights, advertising, and internet issues, as well as on privacy and data security matters relating to the collection, use, sharing, and...
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Fred H. Miller Financial Attorney Ballard Spahr Law Firm
Special Counsel
Fred H. Miller serves as special counsel in Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group and is a leading authority on Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) matters and payment systems—both...
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Barbara S. Mishkin, Ballard Spahr, Philadelphia, Deceptive Practices Lawyer, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Gramm Leach Bliley
Of Counsel
Barbara Mishkin focuses on consumer compliance and banking law. The federal laws with which Ms. Mishkin has dealt extensively include the Truth in Lending Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act...
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Gina M. Pickerrell Lawyer Ballard Spahr Real Estate Law Washington DC
Associate
Gina M. Pickerrell is an associate in the Real Estate Department, and is a member of the firm's Privacy and Data Security Group. As a law student, Gina participated in the full-year...
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Brian Pinheiro, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Labor and Employment, Healthcare Law Attorney
Partner
Brian M. Pinheiro is Chair of Ballard Spahr's Business and Finance Department and the Practice Leader of the firm's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. He is also a member...
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Kristen Poetzel, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Finance and Cybersecurity Law Attorney
Associate
Kristen Poetzel is an associate in the firm's Privacy and Data Security Group who concentrates on data privacy and cybersecurity matters, including breach response and investigation, risk...
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Maraya N. Pratt, Ballard Spahr, litigation lawyer
Associate
Maraya N. Pratt is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, Maraya’s practice focused on civil litigation within the insurance industry, including...
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Christopher Proczko Federal Civil Rights Lawyer Ballard
Attorney
Christopher Proczko is a trusted litigator and skilled advocate who protects his clients' interests, both in and out of the courtroom. He has broad experience litigating in state and...
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Sarah E. Pruett litigation lawyer Ballard Spahr
Associate
Sarah Pruett represents clients in complex commercial litigation and employment matters, with an emphasis on defending banks and corporations in lawsuits involving federal and state...
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John Ruppert, Bankruptcy Lawyer, Ballard Spahr
Partner
John L. Ruppert focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate and commercial finance, business combinations, reorganizations, recapitalizations, restructurings, and...
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Lynn Rzonca, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney
Partner
Lynn E. Rzonca is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Ms. Rzonca has 25 years of experience litigating trademark, advertising, copyright, and...
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Sylvia O. Semper, litigator, Ballard Spahr, Las Vegas, Nevada, real estate, financial services, mortgage banking
Associate
Sylvia O. Semper is a litigator and devotes her practice to assisting clients in the financial services and mortgage banking industries at both the state and federal level through all...
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Justin Shiroff, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Las Vegas, Commercial Litigation and Healthcare Law Attorney
Associate
Justin A. Shiroff’s practice is concentrated in commercial litigation (with an emphasis on consumer financial services litigation), as well as healthcare law and data privacy/cybersecurity...
702-868-7527
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Brian Slagle, Philadelphia lawyer, Ballard Spahr law firm
Associate
Brian J. Slagle is an associate in the Business and Finance Department and a member of the Consumer Financial Services Group. His practice focuses on providing regulatory advice to clients...
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Patricia Smith, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, New Jersey, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Partner
Patricia A. Smith represents management in all areas of employment and labor law and litigation. She has experience in a variety of industries, including health care, transportation,...
856-873-5521
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John Socknat, Partner
Partner
John D. Socknat is the Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Mortgage Banking Group. John uses his knowledge and breadth of the business issues affecting the residential and commercial...
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Dee Spagnuolo, Corporate lawyer, Ballard Spahr
Partner
Dee Spagnuolo is the firm's Partner in Charge of Attorney Career Advancement and a member of the Executive Team of the Management Committee. Dee's practice focuses on the representation of...
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Tesia Stanley, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Salt Lake City, Finance Law Attorney
Associate
Tesia N. Stanley is an associate in the Public Finance and Litigation Departments. Tesia is a former staff member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Before that, she was a...
801-517-6825
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David Stauss, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Denver, Privacy and Litigation Attorney
Partner
David M. Stauss focuses on complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He handles all aspects of litigation on a wide range of substantive matters for clients,...
303-299-7363
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Taylor Steinbacher Attorney Ballard Spahr
Attorney
Taylor Steinbacher’s practice focuses on consumer financial services and commercial litigation, including individual actions and class action defense. He regularly represents businesses...
424-2040-4340
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Wesley S. Stevenson, associate, philadelphia, pennsylvania, litigation, Ballard Spahr, lease, contract, sales agreements
Associate
Wesley S. Stevenson is a member of the firm's Litigation Department. As a summer associate for Ballard Spahr, Ms. Stevenson assisted in structuring lease, contract, and sales agreements and...
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Kristel Tupja Intellectual Property Lawyer Ballard Spahr Law Firm
Associate
Kristel Tupja is an associate in the Intellectual Property Department. She focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark portfolio management, as well as trademark and...
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Sherry Harper Widicus Ballard Spahr DC Senior Policy Advisor Government Relations and Public Policy, Political and Election Law
Senior Policy Advisor
Sherry Harper Widicus is a goal-oriented government affairs professional with an MBA and 20 years of experience devising and implementing federal legislative, political, and communication...
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Kahlil Williams, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Corporate and Litigation Law Attorney
Associate
Kahlil Williams is a litigation associate who represents companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, government and internal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He...
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Christoper Willis, Partner, Ballard Spahr law firm, Consumer Financial Services Litigation attorney
Partner
Christopher J. Willis is Practice Leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group. He devotes his practice to assisting financial services institutions facing government...
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